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Chicago Startup Weekend Education

 September 26th – September 28th, 2014

National Louis University


Last year, Minnesota high school teacher Eric Nelson drove down to Chicago to share the paper based project he had developed over the years for the Civics elective class he teachers. Over one 54 hour hackathon, Chicago StartupWeekend Education (“SWEDU”) helped Eric to build this idea out into an actual, online product, Fantasy Geopolitics.

Eric did not win Chicago SWEDU, he did not even place in the top three, but he had a product, team members and coaches who believed in him and so, he continued on with a kick-ass Kickstarter campaign, admission to 4.0 Schools, and an invitation to the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit.

Next week September 26, StartupWeekend Education returns to Chicago and our hosts from last year, National Louis University, the largest educator of teachers in the state of Illinois. And ironically enough, the top two teams from last year were both led by members of the NLU community.

And to support this year’s new teams, we have assembled an all-star list of coaches from such Chicago EdTech start-ups as GetSet, LearnMetrics, Packback, RedShelf and instructors from start-up schools like DevBootcamp, Starter League and Startup Institute. The finals will be judged by the president of National Louis University Dr. Nivine Megahed, the noted K-12 consultant and founder of the #GlobalEd and #STEMxCON movements Lucy Gray, the founder of Starter League Neal Sales-Griffin and more.

Winning teams will be selected to receive such prizes as free admission (and airfare!) to attend the 4.0 Schools Essentials program, two months free rent at 1871 and a meeting with the new DV X DeVry EdTech Incubator at 1871, and interviews with the head of the Kaplan Techstars EdTech Accelerator, Pearson Labs and Pearson Catalyst and a new edtech corporate venture group.

Buy your ticket to Chicago SWEDU here (and thanks to the Joyce Foundation, we are offering a promo code “JoyceFdn” offering a 40% savings for Educators).

Christopher Nyren